People’s Friend/People’s Foe Awards

All this week, we’ll be unveiling The Texas Observer’s second biennial People’s Friend and People’s Foe awards. Each day this week we’ll add new […]

Street Fighting Woman

Houston’s Rothko Chapel is a sublimely complex institution—part world-renowned modern art museum, part ecumenical center, part human rights forum.  And so it was fitting, […]

House & Senate Divided over Anti-Immigration Legislation

House and Senate Republicans are at a stalemate again over how to proceed with their politically-charged immigration legislation to combat “sanctuary cities.” Back in […]

Between Painting and Photograph

El Prado’s great trees and faded colors stare from this old post card, its dusky colors between painting and photograph, stamps and printed postmark […]

San Antonio, the Clean-Energy City?

Big news out of San Antonio today… At an event this afternoon at UT-San Antonio, Mayor Julian Castro announced a suite of green energy […]

Announcing the Texas Observer Short Story Prize Winner

The announcement of our first annual Short Story Prize began with a simple declaration: “We at the Texas Observer love a good story.” With […]

Swing Supremacy

For anyone who thinks the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature wasn’t bizarre enough, there’s this. A few weeks ago, three Republican representatives wearing […]

The Three Key Education Measures to Watch

It was always going to be risky. When Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered a major fiscal bill at the very end of the regular legislative […]

The Response

In a parking lot, behind a nondescript, beige building, the young man stands out as heartbreakingly earnest. In a black t-shirt, with a bit […]

Tea Time

They were the most talked-about class of House freshmen in years—and they came ready to change the system. The newly-elected Tea Partiers spent months […]